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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 27, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina mm Sports Page IB NA Chooses Riverfront For New Gym i UK AHT M rn rn Rose 'Obsessed1 With Gambling Page 7 A A Quick Read Banner Plane Flights Concern Coastal Cities MYRTLE BEACH (AP) - Banner plane owners say city officials don’t realize how careful they are to train their pilots not to endanger beach-goers or property. “City officials just hate us. If it was up to them, they’d just shut us down,” said Thomas Kolb Jr., manager of American Banner Co. in Daytona Beach, Fla. “They won’t accept the fact that we all train our pilots to avoid crashing into property or people. They don’t realize it’s pretty easy for us to ditch in the ocean far from the swimmers if we get in trouble,” he said. Barry Brock, owner of Sky Signs in Myrtle Beach, said, “Planes have been towing banners at least since the 1930s, and I’ve never heard of any spectators being injured.” “We’re constantly telling the FAA we want something done to control the planes,” Myrtle Beach City Manager Thomas Leath said, referring to the Federal Aviation Administration. Ex-Reagan Aide's Conviction Reversed WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court today reversed the conviction of former White House political director Lyn Nofziger, who was found guilty in 1988 of illegal lobbying after he left the Reagan administration. Nofziger was convicted Feb. ll, 1988, of three counts of illegally lobbying top presidential aides on behalf of private clients after he left the White House one year into the Reagan administration. In a 2-1 decision today, a panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the government was required to prove that Nofziger had knowledge of all the facts that made his conduct criminal. “Because the government offered no evidence demonstrating that Nofziger possessed such knowledge, we reverse his conviction,” the court said. Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a low in the upper 60s. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. The high will be in the 90s. Please see details on Page 3A. Deaths Mattie J. Danley, Salley Sallie M. Felder, Graniteville Hillman Green, Aiken Augustus Lloyd, Graniteville Helen F. McCormick, Columbia Clinton W. McDonald, Augusta John H. Nipper, Trenton Gertrude B. Scott, Johnston Please see details on Page 3A. Inside Today Bridge..............................................5B Calendar...........................................7B Classifieds........................................3B Comics.............................................2B Crossword........................................6B Cryptoquote......................................4B Dear Abby.........................................2B Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries.........................................3A Opinions...........................................6A Sports...............................................7A Television.........................................2B Weather...........................................3A 135 NEWBERRY ST. S. We 4UKEN, 8 (J im I Tuesday, June 27, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 153 $5.3 Million Funded For Trinity Place By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer The Aiken City Council Monday night approved unanimously a resolution supporting the issuance of $5.3 million in revenue bonds to build the Trinity Place retirement center in the downtown. The action by the Council was required under a state law that says local governing bodies must approve such ventures, but it does not obligate the city in the repayment of the state-backed loan. Councilman Michael Anaclerio made the motion to approve the resolution, saying construction of the retirement center will be “a tremendous improvement for the downtown.” Trinity Place, to be built at the intersection of Laurens Street and Barnwell Avenue, will provide living spaces for at least 70 residents and employ a staff of about 36. ^Funding for the project comes from the South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority, a state agency that pro- Related Stories...........................Page    1B vides financial backing for the promotion and development of industrial, commercial, agricultural and recreational ventures. In other business, the council: Gave second reading and public hearing to an ordinance amending the fiscal 1988-89 budget to allow for projects put into the spending package after the budget was approved last year. The $1,771,000 in changes included funding for two public safety substations, the new Smith-Hazel swimming pool and equipment. ** Approved the affirmative action report for 1988. ^ Approved naming of W.P. (Pat) Walke to the Annexation Study Committee as the Planning Commission representative. (Please See $5.3 Million, Page 10A) Water Costs May Rise In Aiken Under Proposal Before Council The cost of draining sinks and bathtubs and flushing toilets may be going up for Aiken’s water customers within the next two months. The Aiken City Council gave first reading Monday night to an ordinance increasing the basic sewer charges by three cents per IOO cubic feet. City Manager Roland H. Windham said the increase will cost the average household (6,000 gallon user) about 24 cents more on the monthly utility bill. The increase, which Windham described as “very minimal,” was caused by the Aiken County Public Service Authority hiking its billings to the city. The PSA, Windham explained, resort ed to the increase after losing money it was receiving from industrial customers using the Horse Creek treatment facility. The industrial users, which had been paying fees into a scavenger waste account that funded operations and maintenance costs, are no longer using the PSA facility. Windham told the Council the city had expected a bigger increase, “but Graham Rich (PSA manager) and his staff are really doing a fine job and this increase is very minimal considering the fact that we had lost the monies from the scavenger waste.” Anchor Suspected In Delaware Oil Spill AP Laserphoto CLEAN-UP: State workers use specially treated cloths to clean oil washed ashore at Hull Cove in Jamestown, R.l. The worst is reportedly over for the Rhode Island coast. By The Associated Press CLAYMONT, Del. - A prematurely dropped anchor may have contributed to an 800,000-gallon oil spill in the Delaware River, where workers removed by hand “black Jello” that mechanical skimmers couldn’t suck up. The spill was one of three that occurred iii U.S. waters last weekend. Tropical Storm Allison slowed the cleanup in the Houston Ship Channel. Off Rhode Island, most of the estimated 420,000 gallons of oil spilled from the Greek tanker World Prodigy no longer threatened the shore. Coast Guard hearings were to begin today on the spills off Rhode Island and Texas, which resulted from a collision of the tanker Ra-chel-B and an oil barge owned by Coastal Towing Co. of Houston. Among those scheduled to testify in Providence, R.I., was Capt. David G. Leonard, a harbor pilot who The New York Times said tried to warn the tanker it was heading into dangerous waters but his radio message came too late. Coast Guard Capt. Eric Williams of the Providence office said the only evidence found so far showed that human error played a role in the spill. Along 20 miles of the Delaware River, workers in boats scooped 14) blobs of congealed oil larger than basketballs, stuffing the goo into large trash bags. Skimmers dispatched after the Uruguayan tanker Presidente Rivera ran aground Saturday jammed in the dense oil blobs. “It’s like black Jello, it’s horrible,” said Joseph Monigle of New Castle, Del., as he watched workers from the shore. A lawyer representing the insurance company covering the Presidente Rivera says the spill was caused by the crew dropping anchor prematurely as the ship prepared to dock at the Sun Oil terminal in Marcus Hook, Pa. 'Batman' Hits Solid Homer At Box Office By The Associated Press Despite mixed re- id J HOLLYWOOD views, “Batman” earned a record $42.7 million in its first three days and the caped crusader’s financial heroics carried Hollywood to an unprecedented $95 million weekend. Figures released Monday showed the Warner Bros. movie demolished the previous opening-weekend record set the week before by “Ghostbusters II,” which grossed $29.5 million. “Batman,” starring Michael Keaton in the title role and Jack Nicholson as the Joker, also scaled new heights for the best opening day ($15.3 million) on Friday; and the biggest Saturday ($14.6 million) and Sunday ($12.7 million) gates in movie history. Those figures were rounded; the exact figures yielded the $42.7 million gross, according to John Krier of Exhibitor Relations Co., which tracks box-office performance. Overall, American and Canadian movie fans spent more than $95 million at theaters during the weekend, breaking yet another record by $3 million. “This is tremendous. It is the biggest weekend ever in the history of the business,” said Krier. This summer’s box office take is 14 percent ahead of the pace set last year, when the movie business brought in a record $1.7 billion during the summer. Grosses have been boosted by higher ticket prices, more than $7 in some theaters. The unprecedented popularity of “Batman” even helped the competition. Moviegoers frustrated by unbearably long “Batman” lines at some of its 2,194 screens dashed to Disney’s modest come- J Top Weekend J i Movies a g    June 23-25 grosses    „ nationwide f A Bdtrtion ** billion 2     ii I ......^ I TTilMii I    miiii0 '    $ * a?bus‘ers lr-............. ■y*'335 mill,0n t..... ‘Star Trek V” ® $3.75 million _ -Field of Dreams" 7 $2.12 million    I £ “See No Evil, ... $1.59 million o “Road House $0.91 million  m fi n "No Holds Barred” $0.81 million Environmentalists Sue DOE For 13-State Nuclear Study By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Twenty one environmental groups announced today that they are suing the U.S. Department of Energy to force preparation of an environmental study covering DOE’s 13-state nuclear weapons complex. A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington seeks an “environmental impact statement” that would examine the DOE’s wide-ranging plans for cleanup and modernization of its facilities over 20 years, said the director of one group. “This will look at basically all of their proposed changes that came through in the 2010 report,” said Brian Costner of the Columbia-based Energy Research Foundation Costner referred to a DOE report, issued in December, that proposed improvements at the Savannah River Site and other weapons plants stretching from Florida to Washington State. The 21 groups, also including Greenpeace USA and the Natural Resources Defense Council, scheduled a press conference this morning in Washington to announce their suit. The “programmatic” EIS they demand would assess: (See ENVIRONMENTALISTS, 10A) Bush Calls For Amendment To Ban Burning Of U.S. Flag AP Source: Exhibitor Relations Co. dy “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” “Honey,” which is being shown with a new 7^-minute Roger Rabbit cartoon called “Tummy Trouble,” collected $14.3 million in its debut to finish in second place in last weekend’s box-office revenues. It broke all of Disney’s opening boxoffice records, including those by “Cocktail” and “Three Men and a Baby.” By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Bush, reacting to a Supreme Court decision that protects the right of protesters to burn the American flag, called today for a constitutional amendment that would prohibit desecration of the flag. “Support of the First Amendment need not extend” to such desecration, the president said in a statement in the White House briefing room that turned into a lengthy and free-wheeling news conference. Bush also said he will carry a package of economic aid when he travels to Poland next month, but wants to first make sure that the Communist government there will follow through on economic and political reform. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 last week that burning the American flag as a form of protest is protected by the Constitution. Bush said it was important to protect the free-speech guarantees of protest, but he didn’t want to extend that to the flag, which he referred to as “the unique symbol of America.” The court’s decision provoked an emotional response in Congress and elsewhere, and Bush said protection of the flag will “in no way limit” constitutional rights. (Please See BUSH, Page 10A) ;

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